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Current Talk '10 I / Re: 1970PT Watching Project Addendum
« on: May 05, 2010, 10:12:03 PM »
This is fascinating.  I never knew there was a week-and-a-bit period where the show went dark completely.

I had also not know until some years ago that Lela Swift had to help out in T'town as DC's unofficial AD. 

All this adds fuel to my argument that one of the most pressing reasons to pull the plug on the series for good was the imminent beginning of the NoDS shoot.  But I'm sure that no documents exist to ever prove such a notion...

G.

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Current Talk '10 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0975
« on: May 05, 2010, 06:35:16 PM »
I remember other periods when taping the episodes out of sequence was just as nutso as this.  When I learned about this, it helped me understand why the actors could never understand what was actually going on--and why the writers and production stuff were barely able to do so.

Midnite love, that's a brilliant capture of Roger doing what he loves best!

G.

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Thanks for that frank review, Janet.  I was completely uninspired by the trailer for the very first audiodrama (the name escapes me) because the writing just seemed so cookie-cutter, even though the voices and the music were of our beloved show.

Even with utterly banal writing, however, the thought of hearing Steele, Frid and Karlen's voices in a drama is just too exciting to turn away.  As far as I'm concerned, those three could read aloud from the Manhattan phone book and it would be fascinating.  If the story is rotten, however, this will definitely be a one-off for me. 

In general, real writers don't seem able to get jobs now-a-days.  Anyone out there see the "remake" of Clash of the Titans?

G.

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That trailer is gorgeous.  Barbara Steele's voice literally sends chills up my spine.

Can't wait!

G.

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hmmmmmm.  I think I can definitely see what Hilton "loves" about him...

the question "but can he act?"  really does seem superfluous.

Thanks MB!

So, remind me who played Carolyn in this one?

G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Another New Slideshow
« on: May 02, 2010, 04:46:28 PM »
Just a note to thank you MB for those wonderful Julia closeups on display earlier this week (maybe these were for scene #187?).  I particularly liked one where she was either saying the line about the sheriff thinking the vampire has left the community, or about their likelihood of complete success in the treatment.  Grayson managed to look almost like a schoolgirl about to be taken out for a treat at that moment. marvelous capture.

And of course you know how much I love the one of Julia hovering in romantic rhapsody over the music box...

If only the actors had been allowed to play out the denouement with some degree of tragic subtlety.  Instead, we got DC's dream of becoming the Sam Peckinpah of the horror set.

G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: A New Slideshow Is Coming
« on: May 02, 2010, 04:41:08 PM »
Ironic indeed.  What he really meant was how glass-cuttingly astute she was being in refusing to buy into his "alas, poor Willie" act and instead throwing his real motives back in his face.  Grand stuff.  I'm still not sure just why she caved, on this particular occasion, except for the fact that the writers needed Willie back in the OH (and we fans rejoiced indeed at John Karlen's return!).

G

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I don't remember Jenna Dewan at all.  I do remember Blair Brown as someone supposedly named Elizabeth Collins Stoddard dithering away like Harriet Nelson on speed.  It was highly disconcerting.  The memory overall is indeed unpleasant, but there were pleasant moments--bits of Matt Czuchny's unclothed body, and Alec Newman's eyes and voice, being perhaps the most pleasant.  In THIS DS I could definitely have gone for some Barn/Willie slash.  Ah well.

G.

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I think if Paris Hilton had ever watched DS, she might have paraphrased to Ellen:  "I have but one love, and her name is Hilton.  and that's HOT."

reaching now for air-sickness bag...
g.

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Joe Haskell was in the '04 pilot?  Granted, I only saw it the one time, but my guess is that Joe was a walk-on, or in a room with a bunch of other people miilling about.  I don't remember anybody playing Maggie.  Was there a Maggie?

Really tottering off the cliff now into fullblown dementia...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 I / DS in "The Cult TV Book"
« on: April 29, 2010, 11:35:33 PM »
Fans,

A short (all of 3 pages!) chapter on DS is included in a new academic publication, The Cult TV Book, edited by Stacey Abbot and published in London and NY by I. B. Tauris (not a press I had previously heard of).  The volume is part of a new series which will include both monographs and edited volumes devoted to such specific series as Farscape and Dexter.  The DS chapter is written by the volume's editor, Stacey Abbott, and leads off a section of the book entitled "The Cult in Cult TV." Embarrassingly, Abbott mis-spells the series protagonist's name as "Barnabus" throughout her short chapter.  I did like this comment towards the end of the short piece:  "Although less visible than Star Trek fans, Dark Shadows fandom rivals the Trekker community for its commitment and endurance, reminding the modern cult TV scholar that longevity remains the ultimate test of cult fandom."

G.

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Interesting choices.  I personally can't believe they included schlock such as Fright Night (albeit Roddy McDowall is fab) and that Tarantino thing, but not a single one of the Christopher Lee Dracula films.  The first and last ten minute segments of 1958's Horror of Dracula pivotally re-defined the genre.  Vampires with bristling fangs?  Thank Hammer studios.

G.

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I would love more info about Barbara Steele's participation in one of these.  Looking forward to hearing details.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 I / DS Minisodes on YouTube
« on: April 28, 2010, 11:11:43 PM »
Fans,

I had thought there was already a thread about this, but I tried searching "minisodes" and got nothing, so here goes. A fan has been putting 10 minute edits of the DS episodes (these edits are called "minisodes") up on YouTube for the past couple of years.  I recently stumbled over these and they're fun to play if you're in the mood for a little taste of a favorite storyline.  Here's the link for a personal favorite, episode 629, which includes a great confrontation scene between Nicholas Blair and Dr. Hoffman, and some really ripe dialogue ("The Black Mass MUST be performed!").  The episodes around this time really got DS into hot water with some of the more right-wing fundamentalist churches around the US:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF7CodgVcc0

Have fun!

G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: A New Slideshow Is Coming
« on: April 28, 2010, 03:21:56 AM »
What an odd capture of Barnabas today.  He looks like Mr Rogers about to tell a story to the kids about his own special neighborhood... heh, heh.

I call this the "pointless" look because of what's going on--or rather, not going on--with the hair...

G.

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